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Sparky Anderson

Anderson, Sparky (George Lee Anderson), 1934–2010, American baseball manager, b. Bridgewater, S.Dak. A one-season (1959) infielder for the National League's Philadelphia Phillies, he became the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, also of the NL, in 1970. He guided the "Big Red Machine" to four pennants (1970, 1972, 1975–76) and won two World Series (1975–76) before moving (1979) to the helm of the American League's Detroit Tigers. In 1984 he led the Tigers to more than 100 wins and victory in the World Series, becoming the first manager to achieve those feats in both leagues. When he left Detroit after the 1995 season, Anderson had won 2,194 games, third in baseball history to Connie Mack and John J. McGraw.

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